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A weekly deep dive into Criminal Justice with Erik Rasmussen and Dennis Schrantz

A weekly deep dive into Criminal Justice with Erik Rasmussen and Dennis Schrantz

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A weekly deep dive into Criminal Justice with Erik Rasmussen and Dennis Schrantz

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English


Episodes

Ep. 24 - Pete Buttigieg's Criminal Justice Reform Promises

11/12/2019
Links Securing Justice: Reforming Our Criminal Legal SystemSummary Page2000 Winning Essay by Peter Buttigieg – Bernie SandersPete Buttigieg has been criticized for his handling of policing. He hopes his criminal justice plan will change that.Buttigieg Raised $19.1 Million in Third Quarter, Campaign Says

Duration:01:02:15

Ep. 23 - Kamala Harris' Criminal Justice Reform Promises

10/17/2019
Links Kamala’s Plan to Transform the Criminal Justice System and Re-envision Public Safety in America [Joe Biden] was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 at the age of 29, becoming the fifth youngest senator in history. – Britannica How Kamala Harris’ death penalty decisions broke hearts on both sidesKamala Harris Touts Her Opposition to the Death Penalty. Her Track Record’s More ComplicatedKamala Harris’s criminal justice reform plan, explainedKamala Harris, Progressive Prosecutor?Kamala...

Duration:00:29:15

Ep. 22 - Joe Biden's Criminal Justice Reform Promises

10/2/2019
Links The Biden Plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to JusticeSAFE Justice ActThe Reverse Incarceration ActDecriminalization Versus Legalization of Marijuana

Duration:00:43:15

Ep. 21 - Elizabeth Warren's Criminal Justice Reform Promises - Part 2

9/24/2019
Links Rethinking Public Safety to Reduce Mass Incarceration and Strengthen Communities The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population, but nearly 20% of the world’s prison population. We have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with over 2 million people in prison and jail. Our system is the result of the dozens of choices we’ve made — choices that together stack the deck against the poor and the disadvantaged. Simply put, we have criminalized too many things. We send...

Duration:00:32:46

Ep. 20 - Elizabeth Warren's Criminal Justice Reform Promises - Part 1

9/17/2019
Links Rethinking Public Safety to Reduce Mass Incarceration and Strengthen Communities The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population, but nearly 20% of the world’s prison population. We have the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with over 2 million people in prison and jail. Our system is the result of the dozens of choices we’ve made — choices that together stack the deck against the poor and the disadvantaged. Simply put, we have criminalized too many things. We...

Duration:00:35:45

Ep. 19 - Bernie Sanders' Criminal Justice Reform Promises - Part 2

9/10/2019
Links Bernie Sanders – Justice and Safety For All For most of our history as a country, the United States incarcerated people at about the same rates as other western democracies do today. In the early 1970s we had the same low crime rate as today, but we now have an incarceration rate five times higher. Indeed, America is now the world’s leading jailer. We lock up more than 2 million people in America, which is more of our own people than any country on Earth. And that does not include...

Duration:00:48:35

Ep. 18 - Bernie Sanders' Criminal Justice Reform Promises - Part 1

9/4/2019
Links Bernie Sanders – Justice and Safety For All For most of our history as a country, the United States incarcerated people at about the same rates as other western democracies do today. In the early 1970s we had the same low crime rate as today, but we now have an incarceration rate five times higher. Indeed, America is now the world’s leading jailer. We lock up more than 2 million people in America, which is more of our own people than any country on Earth. And that does not include...

Duration:00:47:54

Ep. 17 - Jeffrey Epstein and Suicide in Jail

8/26/2019
Links Jeffrey EpsteinEp. 15 - The Meaning of Life, with Marc MauerJournalists should examine the leading cause of jail deaths, in light of Jeffrey EpsteinThe Daily Show with Trevor Noah clipLast Week Tonight with John Oliver clipMortality in Local Jails and State Prisons, 2000–2013 - Statistical Tables (PDF) Suicide has been the leading cause of death in jails every year since 2000. In 2013, a third (34%) of jail inmate deaths were due to suicide. The suicide rate increased 14%, from 40...

Duration:00:45:15

Ep. 16 - Implementing Reform Is like Conducting an Orchestra, with Roger Przybylski

7/25/2019
Follow Roger Przybylski’s work at: RKC GroupImplementing Evidence-Based PracticesWhat Works - Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention ProgramsSpecial Issue on Evidence-Based Policy and Practice – Introduction Links National Criminal Justice Reform ProjectNational Governors AssociationFormative EvalutationSummative EvaluationTypes of summative assessment and formative assessment “When the cook tastes the soup, that’s formative [evaluation]. When the guests taste the soup,...

Duration:00:50:37

Ep. 15 - The Meaning of Life, with Marc Mauer

7/16/2019
Follow Marc Mauer’s work at: The Sentencing ProjectEnd Life ImprisonmentThe Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences Links Sentator Gerald MalloyCharles “Joe” HeinzVera Institute of JusticeRacial Impact Statements: Changing Policies to Address Disparities In reaction to a study that found Iowa topped the nation in racial disparity in its prison population, Iowa Governor Chet Culver in April 2008 made history by signing into law the nation’s first piece of legislation to...

Duration:00:44:29

Ep. 14 - A Call to Action on Racial Disparity

7/2/2019
Links Decarceration Strategies – How 5 States Achieved Substantial Prison Population Reductions (PDF, The Sentencing Project) Connecticut: Declined 25%, 2007-2016 Michigan: Declined 20%, 2006-2016 Mississippi: Declined 17.5%, 2008-2016 Rhode Island: Declined 23%, 2008-2016 South Carolina: Declined 14%, 2008-2016 Gina Raimondo (Wikipedia) Racial Disparity Map (The Sentencing Project) Rhode Island exceeds the national disparity index (8 to 1, Blacks to Whites incarcerated in Rhode...

Duration:00:49:15

Ep. 13 - The Economic Impact of Persons Diverted From Prison

6/27/2019
Links Economic Impact of Sentencing Reform Act Initiatives on the Economy, David Hughes, Ph.D, Clemson University, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, 2.28.14 Based on a 2011 report conducted by the United States (U.S.) Government Accountability Office, and on data taken from a factsheet produced by the Children’s Defense Fund for South Carolina (2011), we estimated that 25 children are not in foster care and three children were not adopted out of foster care because...

Duration:00:52:25

Ep. 12 - The Role of Defense Attorneys

6/18/2019
Links Criminal Defense LawyerJudges are more lenient after taking a break, study findsFailure to AppearEconomic Impact of Sentencing Reform Act Initiatives on the Economy, David Hughes, Ph.D, Clemson University, Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, 2.28.14Victim offender reconciliation‘Close to a breaking point’: Public defenders walk off job over high caseloadsLaw school was insanely expensive. I have colleagues who came out of law school with a quarter-million dollars...

Duration:00:44:10

Ep. 11 - Reducing Costs in Criminal Justice

6/12/2019
Links Michigan spending one-fifth of its general fund budget on prisoners It cost the state — and by extension, taxpayers — an average of $36,106 to incarcerate a single person in Michigan in 2017. You can buy a new Ford Explorer for that, according to Kelley Blue Book. At that rate, a single prisoner sentenced to 30 or more years would cost Michigan taxpayers more than $1 million to incarcerate. Budget Briefing: Corrections (pdf) FY 2018-19 MDOC Budget $2,019,056,200 – Total spending...

Duration:00:47:19

Ep. 10 - Trust the Methodology

6/4/2019
Links Ep. 5 – How do we know what works?Jennifer Doleac’s thread on Twitter Working on criminal justice topics gives me a very different perspective on the Kochs than my equally-liberal friends & family have. Charles Koch Foundation & Charles Kock Institute are perhaps the most important funders of research related to criminal justice policy & reform. They also frequently host conferences that bring top-notch researchers and practitioners together in one room — a chance to meet everyone...

Duration:00:36:14

Ep. 9 - Institutional Ego and Broken Promises in Mississippi

5/21/2019
Links Broken promises and lost funding: how Mississippi prison reform failed Between 1993 and 2013, Mississippi’s prison population more than quadrupled, thanks largely to mandatory minimum sentences, with the population peaking in the past decade at more than 23,000. The state had a higher per capita rate of incarceration than countries such as China or Russia. By the time the bill became law in July 2014, the Mississippi Parole Board was paroling more offenders and had already reduced...

Duration:00:41:26

Ep. 8 - Unemployment, Before and After Prison

5/14/2019
Links Unemployment benefits in DenmarkSoft SkillsCenter for Employment Opportunities, in New York CityNew Orleans Business AllianceUnited Way Prosperity Center, South Eastern LouisianaWork and opportunity before and after incarceration Bureau of Justice AssistanceAnnie E. Casey FoundationIntegrated Reentry and Employment Strategies – Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness

Duration:00:41:39

Ep. 7 - Privatization of Prisons

5/7/2019
Links Judith Greene, Director of Justice StrategiesBailing Out Private JailsMichael Jordan has NOT invested in prisonsMarc MauerAnkle Monitor

Duration:00:45:08

Ep. 6 - Free Labor

4/30/2019
Links DOJ: Alabama prisoners exposed to horrifying violence, rape; murders a ‘regular’ occurrenceCruel and Unusual PunishmentInmates at Kentucky prison build teddy bears to give back to childrenThirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Section 2. Congress shall...

Duration:00:40:50

Ep. 5 - How do we know what works?

4/22/2019
Links EconTalk – Jennifer Doleac on CrimeJennifer DoleacRandomized Controlled TrialBan the BoxUnintended Consequences: How “Ban the Box” Backfires for Minority Job SeekersPropensity Score MatchingUnited Way Prosperity Center, South Eastern Louisiana

Duration:00:42:16